Following the massivo success of their game-changing N5 dining destination Primeur – you know, the one in a repurposed garage between Canonbury and Stoke Newington – Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell are opening their second restaurant in a very different part of the postcode.
A duck egg’s hurl from Holloway Road, the unusually named Westerns Laundry is housed in the last remaining part of a 1950s building not far from Highbury and Islington station.
Sheltered behind a feather blade fence, the restaurant will be subtly hidden by a forecourt, planted with Himalayan Birch trees, punctuated with handmade benches designed and made by Jeremie. Cobbles, which once lined the gangway at King’s Cross Station, will lead to the floor-to-ceiling crittall doors, pulled open for the warmer months onto the courtyard. Sounds like bliss, right?The dining room will be lined with communal tables and banquettes covered in electric blue British velvet. An open kitchen will allow ten counter seats with, in addition to Yorkshire-sourced meat, day boats from Devon and Cornwall providing seafood, with sardines, salted in-house and chargrilled mackerel served with miso and chilli.
“Westerns Laundry will be lighter and more delicate than Primeur, rooted in British flavours but influenced by our favourite aspects of Southern Europe with the occasional nod to Asia,” says David.
All in all, we’re intrigued already.